Hearts Women

Hamilton Women 2-2 Hearts Women

9th September 2019

Hearts Women remain neck and neck with Hamilton Accies in the hunt for promotion after a 2-2 draw on Sunday.

The Jambos twice came from behind to earn a point at the Fountain of Youth Stadium in a result that leaves both sides on 28 points at the top of the SWPL2 table.

Fresh off the back of a 2-1 victory over Glasgow Girls, Hearts handed a debut to Murron Cunningham who had joined on loan from Glasgow City earlier in the weekend.

It was the hosts who broke the deadlock after only seven minutes. Hearts failed to deal with a free kick into the box and allowed Megan Quinn to slip MT McGuiness through and she blasted beyond Parker-Smith from the edge of the six-yard box.

Rachel Walkingshaw went close to bagging an equaliser on 19 minutes but she fired over the bar from 18-yards.

The Jambos had the woodwork to thank for keeping it at 1-0 before half-time when the home side hit the bar with a minute of the half remaining.

Coming out all guns blazing after the restart, Hearts immediately got back on level terms. The visitors broke from kick-off and when Accies failed to deal with the ball 20-yards out, Danni McGinley latched on to it to send a rocket shot into the top right corner of the net.

McGinley would go close to putting Hearts in front soon after but she couldn’t connect inside the box after an inviting ball was bout across following some fantastic build up play.

It looked like the Jambos might rue that missed chance when Accies regained the lead on 55 minutes. Nichola Sturrock stepped up to swing a set piece from 18-yards around the maroon wall and into Parker-Smith’s bottom left corner.

 

Not to be outdone, Hearts continued search for the second equaliser. McGinley did well to shrug off the advances of two Accies players to get through on goal, only to put it past the post.

Parity was restored once again in the 67th minute. Recent American arrival Maddy Brill-Edwards gathered possession 20-yards out and lashed a left-foot effort past Lauren Grant in goal and into the bottom corner.

Either side could have grabbed all three points in the closing stages, with McGinley again going close with a lob over the keeper, while at the other end Parker-Smith produced a stunning save from a long-range shot before Accies had an effort cleared off the line.

Honours even in Hamilton which leaves Accies ahead of Hearts in the table on goal difference as both teams bid for automatic promotion to the top flight.

Up next for Hearts Women is a trip to Petershill Park to face Partick Thistle on Sunday at 12pm.